Talk:Gropecunt Lane

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Featured articleGropecunt Lane is a featured article; it (or a previous version of it) has been identified as one of the best articles produced by the Wikipedia community. Even so, if you can update or improve it, please do so.
Main Page trophyThis article appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page as Today's featured article on July 9, 2009.
Article milestones
August 18, 2005Articles for deletionKept
May 19, 2009Featured article candidatePromoted
July 9, 2009Today's featured articleMain Page
Current status: Featured article
High traffic

On 13 August 2007, Gropecunt Lane was linked from Digg, a high-traffic website. (Traffic)

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Q1: Isn't it irresponsible for Wikipedia to have a vulgar article appear as Today's Featured Article on the Main Page?
A1: Wikipedia is not censored. Wikipedia strives to be considered a serious reference work. As part of being a serious reference work, we approach all topics with a detached sensibility which does not take an emotional involvement in the visceral response to a topic. People have differing, subjective standards of what is vulgar, but that someone finds a subject vulgar or offensive does not prevent a dispassionate, scholarly article about the subject.
Q2: How did this article even become a featured article?
A2: See The featured article criteria. Featured articles are judged based on a strict set of standards, which include such things as clarity of writing, quality and depth of sources, and comprehensive treatment of the subject. Articles that are nominated for feature status undergo a long, in-depth vetting process, where the article is scutinized by many editors. See Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Gropecunt Lane/archive1 for more on the specific discussion which promoted this article to featured status
Q3: How did this article appear on the Main Page?
A3: The procedure for placing a featured article on the Main Page is explained at Wikipedia:Today's featured article. The basic procedure is pretty simple. The Featured Article Director decides every day which article will appear on the main page, based in part on the advice of other Wikipedia editors at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests.
Q4: Doesn't this type of article contribute to Wikipedia's reputation of being unreliable and prone to promote salacious or unacademic topics?
A4: On the contrary, if you read the article rather than merely focusing on a word in the name of the article, you may notice that this article is given a rather dispassionate, academic treatment. Rather than getting hung up on such trivialities as what words may offend the sensibilities of any particular reader, Wikipedia strives to take a scholarly approach towards researching and writing about all subjects. It is a source of pride, and not embarrassment, that Wikipedia is able to present such a well researched article on just about any subject, even those which may contain an offensive word in the title.